Anukalana: Hatha o Vinyasa?

Anukalana twist yoga

Is this practice soft or dynamic?

Today the world of yoga is characterized by many methods and styles that allow you to practice this sport in various ways. Generally we can divide the various yoga styles into two main categories:

  • schools offering a practice mainly based on dynamic movement (Vinyasa)
  • schools that offer a practice based primarly on mantaining the poses (generally addressed as Hatha). 

Anukalana recognizes the validity of both these modes: the dynamic one where the movement coordinated with breath produces most of the effects and the more stable one where maintaining the poses makes it possible to treat with greater precision alignments and openings developing great awareness.

Anukalana distinguishes the dynamic practice from the introspective one referring to fundamental principles of Tantra:

  • Shiva (introspective)
  • Shakti (dynamic)

These are the two poles of a continuum we use to create sequences that respond to one or to both of these principles in a harmonious way.

There are several sequences of Anukalana Yoga ranging from the most gentle to the most dynamic. In the gentle and softer sequences the holding of the asana and the internalization process are the main focus while in the more dynamic sequences, movement is the instrument that stimulates the development of certain vital functions and the awakening of a lost instinct (as animals we are meant to move).

Indeed these two main modes can also meet individual needs at different times in life. At certain periods of your life in fact, you might feel the need to practice Yoga in a very dynamic (Shakti) and to get energyzed while in others you may feel attracted to a practice that most favors the internalization (Shiva) through asanas performed slowly  and gently for long time.

The practice of Anuk├álana Yoga is also structured to follow natural cycles through which you can reconnect with the vital functions related to the Chakras. This type of work develops the body and the mind in a balanced and harmonious way.

Both the Shiva and Shakti practice help to facilitate the flow of Prana in the body not only through the alignments that meet the individual constitution but also through the movement that based on some special techniques developed in this approach (such as the articular breathing) allow to open energy pathways that mother nature has already mapped within us.

In a practice session infact, the asana sequences and the particular way of moving toghether with the typical breathing techniques of this method (Organismic Breathing), allow to open the energy channels and get the most out asana following the hierarchical order Chakra. From Muladhara to Vishudda every vital function is awakened with the most physical part of the work while the upper chakras are stimulated mainly thanks to meditation.

Asanas and Pranayama are used to prepare the practitioner to deep meditation and Anukalana grew constantly remembering this fundamental objective unlike many modern styles where meditation is approached like a relaxation or is even left out.